Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Naval contemplations

Several interesting articles recently, all with a common marine theme.

  • Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning
    So if a crew member falls overboard and everything looks OK—don’t be too sure. Sometimes the most common indication that someone is drowning is that they don’t look like they’re drowning. They may just look like they are treading water and looking up at the deck. One way to be sure? Ask them, “Are you all right?” If they can answer at all—they probably are. If they return a blank stare, you may have less than 30 seconds to get to them. And parents—children playing in the water make noise. When they get quiet, you get to them and find out why.
  • The Ghost Fleet of Suisun Bay. I didn't realize that the Glomar Explorer was once a Mothball Fleet member.

  • When Billionaire Sets Rules, It’s an Exclusive Race
    In San Francisco, an increasingly unaffordable city where critics say the booming tech industry has been coddled at the expense of the less affluent, criticism has been rising. Much of it has been leveled at Mr. Ellison, who recently appeared at a red-carpet premiere of “The Wind Gods,” a laudatory documentary about his 2010 victory that was produced by his son, David.
  • Critical decision on America’s Cup could come this week
    If Artemis withdraws from the race, it would leave just two teams — Emirates Team New Zealand and Italy’s Luna Rossa Challenge — battling for the right to take on Oracle Team USA, the current defender of the America’s Cup.

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